Dr. Aaron Russell has served as GGGI’s Country Representative to Myanmar since 2017, where he is an embedded technical advisor within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) in Naypyitaw. Aaron established GGGI’s Myanmar country program, leading policy engagement and development of strategies and partnerships. He currently oversees implementation of policy advisory assistance and green investments development targeted at supporting the Government of Myanmar’s (GoM) achievement of NDC and SDG goals through promotion of landscape restoration and for sustainable cities infrastructure development. He also oversees capacity building for the GoM in Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to Climate Change Action.
Aaron holds a Ph.D. in the Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Management (Michigan State University), and B.Sc. degrees in Forestry and Wildlife Science and Biology (Virginia Tech). His areas of expertise are in natural resource governance, rural livelihoods, climate change adaptation and wildlife ecology. He has 20 years of experience in research, managing and evaluating projects throughout Africa, SE Asia and other countries, with longer periods working for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the World Fish Center, and as an EU ROM consultant.